The Humanitarian Pandemic Preparedness Initiative

Since 2007, USAID is funding several agencies to reduce the risk of excess mortality from an influenza pandemic in over 25 countries with a focus on humanitarian coordination and community-level preparedness. There are three principal objectives:

1. To support the development of influenza pandemic preparedness plans, protocols, materials and tools for communities in the areas of health, food security and livelihoods in designated countries.

2. To strengthen the in-country capacities of staff and volunteers of significant humanitarian and civil society organizations to carry out influenza pandemic preparedness plans and protocols.

3. To ensure functional coordination between global, national, district and community level stakeholders, including the UN system, in the preparedness and response of the humanitarian sector.

The international organization and agencies that comprise the H2P Initiative are as follows:

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the overall coordinating agency, also providing technical and financial support to national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to develop and implement pandemic preparedness activities. The CORE Group, InterAction, and AI.COMM (managed by AED) represent the NGO sector for the H2P partnership-engaging NGOs at the global and country level in materials development, communications, capacity-building, and coordination around pandemic preparedness and response.

The United Nations agencies- including the Pandemic Influenza Contingency Group of OCHA, WHO, WFP and others- focus on national level planning with governments and official technical and operational guidance around pandemic influenza.